Updated November 7, 2020: Sunday's Veterans Parade Cancelled
Lincoln residents will honor veterans this year with a drive through-style Lincoln Veterans Parade, Sunday, November 8 and a televised Veterans Day program November 11. Both will be available on LNKTV, the City's government access channel.
Due to the pandemic, this year's parade will require attendees to remain in their vehicles and drive along the parade route. Bands and other parade entries will be on display on both sides of "K" Street. The event begins at 2 p.m. with Color Guard presentation at the north steps of the State Capitol Building. At about 2:15 p.m., drivers will follow a pace car east on "K" Street and parade entries will be posted between 14th and 21st streets. Drivers must wait to enter the event on "K" Street, west of 14th Street and are asked to not exceed a walking pace on the parade route.
Event organizers organized the event in coordination with guidance from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. More information and COVID-19 precautions are available at lincolnveteransparade.org.
The following streets will be closed Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with no vehicle access to adjacent properties:
Parade entries include high school bands, American Legion, VFW, Nebraska Army National Guard, Pershing Rifle Company, Veteran Memorial Garden, The Roughriders, Daughters of the American Revolution, Cornhusker Ford Model A Club, Blue Star Mothers, Girl Scouts, and many more.
The parade will air live on LNKTV, the City government access channel. It is available on Allo channel 2, Spectrum channel 1300, and Kinetic channel 1005.
Due to the pandemic, the Veterans Day Ceremony normally held at the Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park will be prerecorded and aired on Wednesday, November 11. There will be no public observance event this year.
The program will include remarks by Mayor Gaylor Baird. Presentation of the Colors will be conducted by a Joint Color Guard from the ROTC units of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, commanded by Midshipman Bonow of the Naval ROTC Battalion. Amanda Palmer and Lynn Hartzell will be the featured musicians. Chaplain (COL) James Hoke, US Army (Ret.) will deliver the invocation and benediction.
The ceremony will air at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. on November 11 on LNKTV. It can be viewed on ALLO channel 2; Spectrum channel 1300; and Kinetic channel 1005. The ceremony will also be available on demand at LNKTV.lincoln.ne.gov and YouTube.com/LNKTVcity. It will also be shared on the Veterans Memorial Gardens Facebook page.
The 22nd annual Veterans Walk of Recognition is also planned for Veterans Day. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium and conclude at the Veterans Memorial Garden, 3200 Memorial Drive in Antelope Park. Flags will also be placed in the Garden to commemorate Veterans Day. Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Council members and others will greet visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For information about the Veterans Memorial Garden, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: Veterans Garden).